To Conquer a Highlander Mass Market Paperback – Jul 1 2010
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Wine knows her strengths and plays into them as she lures readers into a fast-paced tale. 4 out of 5 Star Review (Kathe Robin RT Book Reviews 2010-05-28)
Mary Wine always does an excellent historical... exceptionally well researched and extremely authentic. (Night Owl Romance 2010-06-02)
Such a delicious story... full of action. (Terra Yankee Romance Reviewers 2010-06-14)
An exciting page turner. (Kay Quintin Fresh Fiction 2010-06-17)
An utterly fantastic book with characters that steal your heart. (The Long and Short of It Reviews 2010-06-22)
Wine paints a vivid picture of how strong and determined a highlander is. (Coffee Time Romance 2010-07-01)
If you want to immerse yourself in romance, while being transported to 15th century Scotland, look no further. (Naida The Bookworm 07 2010-07-06)
To Conquer a Highlander is a definite page-turner, with a plot that never slows. (Angela The Royal Reviews 2010-07-06)
A sexy, fun story about two people falling in love, no matter what obstacles are in their way. (Wendy The Book Lush 2010-07-06)
A tantalizing story of betrayal becoming honor and beauty coming from the ashes of the past. (Robyn Roberts Once Upon a Romance 2010-07-07)
Addictively sexy characters who jump out from behind the pages. (Brande The Book Junie 2010-07-08)
A fast-paced, emotional story... Steamy passion. (PJ The Romance Dish 2010-07-12)
A highland romance with a sexy Scot, and the bride he has stolen. Sounds like a good recipe for love (Blodeuedd Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell 2010-07-12)
A well-written and expertly plotted love story. (Michelle Sutton Favorite PasTimes 2010-07-15)
Wine gets two thumbs up! Her knack for sensory description and visuals was excellent. (Eliza History Undressed 2010-07-21)
To Conquer a Highlander definitely conquered my heart... (Carrie Seductive Musings 2010-07-22)
An incredibly hot, steamy and sexy read. If you are also a fan of medieval romance than this book is a must read. (Alaine Queen of Happy Endings 2010-07-22)
A historical romance that will take your breath away. (Mason Canyon Thoughts in Progress 2010-07-23)
Wine's descriptions of Highland life make the reader feel as though they are right there with the characters. (Debbie Debbie's Book Bag 2010-07-23)
A definite page-turner, with a plot that never slows. (Renee Royal Reviews 2010-07-23)
Delicious, sizzling romance and intriguing historical backdrop blend together to make a fantastic read. (Lynda Between the Pages 2010-08-25)
Plenty of drama, action and romance ... If you like Highlander romances, I highly recommend that you pick this one up. (Lynda Books Like Breathing 2010-08-25)
Just the mix of action, danger, intrigue and romance... (Gaby Starting Fresh 2010-08-25)
About the Author
Acclaimed author Mary Wine has written nearly twenty works of erotic fantasy, romantic suspense, and historical romance. An avid history-buff and historical costumer, she and her family enjoy participating in historical reenactments. Mary lives with her husband and two sons in Yorba Linda, California.See all Product Description
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To Conquer a Highlander is an utterly fantastic book with characters that steal your heart. Author Mary Wine has penned a story that excites and captivates, ensuring the reader doesn't want to forgo the journey even after it's done.
The heroine, Shannon, is someone you'll cheer for. Prideful and strong, she has been born to a family that doesn't appreciate her as she deserves. When things turn sour, she finds herself engaged to a man who would be the new king of Scotland. Through no fault of her own, she becomes an enemy to her own kind, her clan a travesty that would see warring amongst their neighboring clansman. Resigned to her fate, she travels to meet her promised only to be taken by a highlander who is as hard and beautiful as the land he hails from. Torin is more than she anticipates. He is kind where she has only known cruelty, soft where she has only known hard. As he breaks down the walls she's constructed to protect herself, the story take life that is impossible to turn from.
From the moment I started reading, I was unable to put To Conquer a Highlander down. Tensions run high, ensuring you can't look away. Torin is determined to avenge his clansmen but refuses to use Shannon as a means to an end while she is determined to meet the fate that has been chosen for her. Yet, their chemistry as enemies that are attracted to one another is palpable, so intense that at times it's difficult to breathe. As their relationship progresses, you'll ache for her while you hurt for him. Ms. Wine weaves a very emotional story, and although there are moments I thought I couldn't handle the intensity, she kept luring me back with the promise of something more. The result is a story, and characters, that you positively love.
To Conquer a Highlander is a definite must read for historical fans. This is the first story I've enjoyed by Mary Wine but it will not be the last. She writes with depth and emotion, which is something die hard romance fans will appreciate and cherish. Be sure to pencil this title onto your TBR list.
This is set at the backdrop of a troublesome time in Scotland. The king is murdered and the heir in hiding. Shannon Boyd's father is rooting for the bad guy and wants to marry her off to him, but first he slaughtered some people on his neighbours land. On top of a clan war there could be a civil war coming. But Laird Torin McLeren kidnaps the bride to be and takes her away to his castle. Soon he realises that she is a wildcat.
Shannon has played the obedient daughter all her life but for that she has only got pushed around, her father does not care for her at all. She is at an age that she has started to feel she will never marry and leave his rule. Her lifer has not brought her to her knees. No, she has got spirit and a fiery tongue. But then she gets captured by a sexy highlander and starts thinking things she has never thought before. She is well aware his people hate for what her father has done, and that if her father is branded a traitor she hangs with him. Still through out the book she keeps that fiery tongue and is not afraid to stand her ground and not let anyone walk on her any more.
Torin is the Laird, but with no heirs and a cousin breathing down his neck. Shannon was only meant to be a prisoner, one that would be treated fair, but not thought about until the time came. Of course the first time they meet words fly and he can see that she has got spirit. A lowland wildcat. Soon he also realises that she was not well treated at her father's home. She is not like other women that would throw themselves at home because he is laird, or to save their lives from the noose.
There is a dance between these two, with banter, but there is never mistrust. He wants her, she realises that she wants him, but can't have him. I love that he does not back down, he know what he wants, it may be difficult to achieve but hell he will fight for it. He is one sexy alpha highlander, sure there was one thing that got me a bit angry at him. But I understood it, and it was nothing bad, now he wanted to show that he cared. I will not say more, you will find out when you read it. Most of all I like how well he does treat her, and tries.
A strong woman, and man not backing down, and untamed passion when sparks fly. A stolen woman belongs to the capturer and this Highlander will fight for his love.
There was also this other guy, and my eyes went wide and I had to go and check the computer at once. Yes Connor is getting a book of his own. I am sure that one will be good too.
Final thoughts: A highland romance with a sexy Scot, and the bride he has stolen. Sounds like a good recipe for love.
Another aspect of Shannon's character that I didn't buy was that she grew up in an abusive home. I help and counsel abused women and it always frustrates me when authors seem to throw this into the story for who knows what reason and then create a character that is the antithesis of an abused woman. Not all abused women are cowed women but they are not this character at all. Nothing in her character showed her to be what the author tried to make her out to be in the first couple of chapters.
I list it as erotica because the sex scenes are plentiful and sexually detailed, as well as, pretty hot. I didn't really buy the sexual chemistry as the intense lust as I think the author tried to make it until they got down and dirty the first time and then you could feel the sizzle. I will try the next book in the series because I think this has potential. I liked the other two lairds that were introduced and I assume they will be the heroes in the next books, as well as, Mary Wine writes sexy books and I love highlanders.